The Politician

  • by Andrew Young
  • Narrated by Kevin Foley
  • 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Like a nonfiction version of All the King's Men, The Politician offers a truly disturbing, even shocking, perspective on the risks taken and tactics employed by a man determined to rule the most powerful nation on earth.
Idealistic and ambitious, Andrew Young volunteered for the John Edwards campaign for Senate in 1998 and quickly became the candidate's right-hand man. As the senator became a national star, Young's responsibilities grew. For a decade he was this politician's confidant, and he was assured he was "like family." In time, however, Young was drawn into a series of questionable assignments that culminated with Edwards asking him to help conceal the senator's ongoing adultery. Days before the 2008 presidential primaries began, Young gained international notoriety when he told the world that he was the father of a child being carried by a woman named Rielle Hunter, who was actually the senator's mistress. While Young began a life on the run, hiding from the press with his family and alleged mistress, John Edwards continued to pursue the presidency and then the vice presidency in the future Obama administration.
Young had been the senator's closest aide and most trusted friend. He believed that John Edwards could be a great president and was assured throughout the cover-up that his boss and friend would ultimately step forward to both tell the truth and protect his aide's career. Neither promise was kept.
Not only is The Politician a moving personal account of Andrew Young's political education, but it also offers a look at the trajectory that made John Edwards the ideal Democratic candidate for president and the hubris that brought him down, leaving his career, his marriage, and his dreams in ashes.


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Politician Phony. A must listen!!!

I was skeptical at first but after listening to this audio book it made me realize how easy it is to fool us. The continual weakness of our political candidates we have running for President seeking Money, Power and Prestige. This also exposes the Trial Lawyers and how they can influence the process with secret money. Additionally it reveals outside money from the wealthy that is hidden and influences our election process.
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- Sherman "Sherman bookee"

A real eye opener!

Things aren't always what they seem. John Edwards fooled a lot of people in the beginning..including me. I am just a regular voter who liked what they saw in this man...I have learned to dig deeper when looking at any candidate seeking public office. This book was informative about the sacrifices made by the campaign staff. Andrew Young was not spiteful his account.. which made it more credible for me. The journey of this young man is honest and heartfelt. He accepts responsibility for his part in all of it... which think I is redemptive. A real eye opener for all of us.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-02-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio